Our Team

Our Team
Leadership Team

A passionate team of inventive creatives who can craft great things

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Bunnie Willis

Senior Property Manager

Sarah Marchitto

Assistant Property Manager

Sarah serves as the Assistant Property Manager for Fairlead’s Bayview Corporate office, a 412,520 square foot Class A building located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Ms. Marchitto works closely with Senior Property Management assisting in the preparations of monthly financial reports, annual operating expense budgets, accounts payable, contract management, and plays a key role in tenant and vendor relations.

For 11 years Sarah worked as a Residential Property Manager, transitioning on to the commercial side of property management in 2012. Sarah is from Lake Whitney, Texas. Sarah now resides in Fort Lauderdale with her husband three little puppies (Harley, Gator, and Bella).

Derek AllenLead Engineer

Derek Allen

Lead Engineer

Derek Allen servers as Lead Building Engineer for Fairleads Suburban Atlanta properties. Derek brings over 22 years of experience in the engineering field to the Fairlead Team.

Derek is responsible for overseeing building operations and tenant request. Mr. Allen is a certified and highly trained engineer in the fields of basic electrical infrastructure, HVAC, and plumbing. Mr. Allen is also certified in Environmental Protection. Prior to joining Fairlead, Derek served as Lead Engineer for CBRE and Accesso Services.

Xavier AkridgeBuilding Engineer

Xavier Akridge

Building Engineer

Xavier Akridge serves as a building engineer for Fairlead Commercial Real Estate’s Atlanta properties. Xavier provides daily maintenance for all plumbing, electrical, and HVAC components. Xavier works directly with tenants maintaining work order requests and interacting with vendors to make sure services are done in a timely and satisfactory fashion. Mr. Akridge brings over 17 years of experience in building maintenance field to the Fairlead team.

Todd MohrChief Engineer

Todd Mohr

Chief Engineer

Todd Mohr serves as Chief Building Engineer for Fairlead’s Tampa properties. Todd brings over 28 years experience in the facilities maintenance and construction fields.

Todd is well versed in all areas of maintenance including HVAC, electrical, plumbing and water treatment. In addition to building maintenance initiatives, Todd works with vendors while addressing the day to day task as related to all aspects of building tenant needs.

Todd is a lifelong resident of Tampa, having worked in a numerous Class A properties from Tampa to St. Petersburg.

JD PayneChief Engineer

JD Payne

Chief Engineer

JD Payne serves as Chief Engineer for Fairlead Commercial Real Estate at Embassy Row, a 667,000 sf Class A commercial office park in Atlanta, GA. Mr. Payne entered the commercial real estate industry in 1991 as an electrician at The Terraces for Taylor and Mathis. In 1994 Mr. Payne became an engineer at Central Park where he later became a Senior Engineer. JD then moved on to more Chief Engineer roles in the Atlanta area.

Mr. Payne has received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University and has met the course requirements at Chattahoochee Technical College for Associate of Arts degrees in both HVAC Technology and Electrical Technology. Mr. Payne is also a certified universal refrigerant technician.

JD Payne is a long time resident of Atlanta, GA. JD and his wife have been married for 32 years and have a 24 year old son.

Jeff ShawChief Executive Officer and Principal

Jeff Shaw

Chief Executive Officer and Principal

Mr. Shaw serves as Chief Executive Officer and is a Principal at Fairlead Commercial Real Estate, LLC. In addition to leading the firms brokerage divisions, Mr. Shaw provides leasing demand analysis and ownership strategies for Fairlead’s acquisition and investment sale initiatives. Mr. Shaw is an Atlanta native and a long time member of the Atlanta real estate community, where he has developed strong relationships with the Atlanta business and brokerage community. These relationships have allowed him to be consistently in front of leasing and investment opportunities in the market. Jeff also concentrates on positive tenant relationships, as he believes by offering superior service and frequent communication on tenant needs, a partnership is created leading to long term loyalty and high tenant retention.

Mr. Shaw offers over 23 years of commercial brokerage and leasing experience in the southeastern United States. His former positions include co-founder and owner of Jackson Oats Shaw Corporate Real Estate where he served as President for the last 8 years. Mr. Shaw was involved in over $500 million in acquisitions over the past few years, where he personally maintains ownership in many of the properties. Mr. Shaw currently and historically works closely with tenants, brokers, equity clients, and joint venture partners, while acting as the president of the company. While at Jackson Oats Shaw, Mr. Shaw had over 45 employees and was responsible for over 4.2 million sf of commercial office, industrial, medical, and retail property in Atlanta. Mr. Shaw has completed thousands of leases in his career and in addition to Jackson Oats Shaw Corporate Real Estate, he has held executive positions with COMPASS Management & Leasing, Insignia/ESG, Cushman & Wakefield, and PC Associates, where he was responsible for leasing nearly 10 million square feet of many of Atlanta’s largest and most prestigious office buildings, while focusing on substantially increasing portfolio occupancy, equity returns and capitalized value. Mr. Shaw has provided asset leasing advisory for such notable clientele as Northwestern Mutual, Lend Lease Investments, America’s Capital Partners, Morgan Stanley, Equitable Real Estate, LNR Partners, RREEF, Selig Enterprises, General Electric, Wachovia, Shumard Holdings and MRE Properties.

Mr. Shaw has consistently been regarded as one of Atlanta’s most respected and accomplished landlord advisors, receiving the distinguished honor of being named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Who’s Who” in Commercial Real Estate. Mr. Shaw frequently speaks as a market expert and has received numerous awards for lease transactions over the past decade, including awards from such notable real estate institutions such as the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties and “Lifetime Membership” in the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS Million Dollar Club.

Mr. Shaw is an Atlanta native and attended The Lovett School in Atlanta and Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. He is married to his wife Jennifer of 26 years and has two daughters. Mr. Shaw’s passions include Leadership Ministries, Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, his family, tennis, jogging, salt water fishing and sailing.

Tony HancoxChief Engineer

Tony Hancox

Chief Engineer

Mr. Hancox currently holds the position of Chief Engineer for Fairlead Commercial Real Estate at Parkway Center, a 460,000 square foot, Class A commercial office property in Marietta Georgia. Mr. Hancox is responsible for the daily oversight of two building engineers on all aspects of property operations, maintenance and capital expenditures. He is responsible for the coordination of all code-required inspections and maintenance for all building systems, including but not limited to electrical distribution, central plant operations, fire and life safety systems and emergency power generation. Mr. Hancox also oversees building equipment and systems upgrades to enhance asset preservation while reducing energy cost/consumption, and extending the useful life and integrity of the systems and equipment of the properties. Mr. Hancox develops, implements and monitors the property preventive maintenance programs to encompass all aspects of the property equipment, systems and a diverse tenant base. Tony is also responsible for the establishment and oversight of the yearly engineering and capital budgets.

Mr. Hancox is a member of the Georgia chapter of Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and holds Systems Maintenance Technician (SMT®) and Systems Maintenance Administrator (SMA®) designations through BOMI. Tony is a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and a charter member of the Atlanta chapter of the American Chief Engineers Society (ACES). In addition, Mr. Hancox holds a Stationary Engineering License from The National Institute for the Uniform Licensing of Power Engineers (NIUPLE), a Class 1, 2 and 3 Certificate of Authority from the Department of Labor, a Universal CFC license from Ferris State University, a Certified Pressure Vessel Technician certification through Lochinvar, and a pool/spa operator certification through the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF).

Brian BowronSenior Vice President – Property Management Group

Brian Bowron

Senior Vice President – Property Management Group

Brian Bowron is Senior Vice President of Property Management for Fairlead’s diversified portfolio. He has direct oversight of all aspects of property management including staff oversight, building and common space maintenance, engineering, interior tenant construction, asset building capital projects, and tenant relations. His proven tenant retention profile illustrates Brian’s focus on customer relationships and dedication to the highest level of service. Brian works to minimize expenses and maximize returns for the firm through budgeting, financial analysis, lease administration as well as target retention efforts that both benefit the investor partners as well as serve the needs of the tenants.

Brian has over 25 years of commercial real estate experience. He is a recognized leader in the real estate field with highly developed leadership skills. He has managed large, world class mixed-use office products including Atlanta’s trophy properties Concourse and Northpark and is a multiple TOBY award winner for outstanding property management. He has a proven team approach for success and motivates through positive reinforcement for excellence of the property management department.

Most recently, Brian served as Vice President/General Manager at Carter Associates overseeing a 15 million square foot office and industrial portfolio. He has held similar leadership roles at IDI, CBRE, and Trammell Crow Company managing property management departments responsible for the fiscal, operational, and overall management success of the department. His portfolio at Trammell Crow Company consisted of office, industrial, and retail properties in excess of 18 million square feet. At IDI he was responsible for nearly 20 million square feet of industrial product in Georgia and Pennsylvania.

Brian obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Management from Lawrence Technological University in Michigan. He holds the RPA designation from the Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) of which he is a past Georgia BOMA president and a CPM designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM).

John WardChief Investment Officer and Principal

John Ward

Chief Investment Officer and Principal

Mr. Ward serves as Chief Investment Officer and is a Principal at Fairlead Commercial Real Estate, LLC. In addition to leading the investment and disposition initiatives for Fairlead, Mr. Ward’s extensive commercial real estate and development experience gives him a unique perspective in navigating opportunities in the current real estate market. During his career, he has been involved in over $1.1 billion in commercial acquisitions, has asset managed over 13.6 million square feet, has had development oversight for 2.4 million square feet, and has financed $550 million originated out of $1.1 billion in financing and/or refinancing.

Mr. Ward’s deep experience allows him to provide detailed asset management reporting and portfolio strategies tailored to individual partner needs and objectives, using his extensive knowledge to achieve exceptional results. These are delivered in a concise, informative way, allowing partner to be actively involved and fully informed of asset strategy and performance throughout the life of a property or portfolio.

Prior to joining Fairlead, John Ward held the role of Chief Financial Officer with Jackson Oats Shaw Corporate Real Estate where he assisted in the firms many refinance and recapitalization efforts, including the recapitalization of the firm’s 36 story Class A office building in downtown Atlanta, Centennial Tower. Mr. Ward worked directly with the firm’s CEO, President, and COO to fine tune and streamline communication with investors and provide valuable reporting and strategy.

Mr. Ward has also served as Vice President at Banyan Street Partners where he was responsible for evaluating new potential acquisitions with an additional focus on asset management and financial initiatives of 2.2 million square feet of properties. Mr. Ward has also held positions as Regional Vice President of America’s Capital Partners where he led $630 million in direct acquisitions, $1 billion in acquisitions/recapitalizations $500 million in direct financing, and $850 million in total financing/refinancing, including 5.1 million square feet of asset management and 1.2 million square feet of redevelopment.

Mr. Ward worked for Cousins Properties where he asset managed 3.1 million square feet of office in 4 states, assisted in development oversight of 1.2 million square feet of office space, and led entitlement efforts on 2.1 million square feet of office space and 1600 condominium units.

Mr. Ward received a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Real Estate from Florida State University where he was a National Merit Scholar. Mr. Ward also has his Series 7, 63 licenses.

MELISSA SPIRESDirector of Accounting


Director of Accounting

As the Director of Accounting for Fairlead Commercial Real Estate, Ms. Spires and her team manages the daily operations of the firm’s accounting, IT and human resource departments. She is responsible for implementing and maintaining a system of internal controls ensuring the company assets are adequately safeguarded as well as enforcing compliance with all state and federal guidelines. Ms. Spires works with the firm’s partners, clients, and banking contacts to guarantee all accounting is done in a responsible, efficient, timely manner and funding requirements and needs are coordinated seamlessly. Her responsibilities further include financial reporting, recruiting and staffing logistics; organizational development; performance management; employee orientation, development and training; compensation and benefit administration; and systems maintenance procedures.

Ms. Spires has over twelve years commercial real estate experience, most recently with Jackson Oats Shaw Corporate Real Estate where she served as Director of Accounting for the firm’s 43 properties and functioned as the firm’s Human Resources and IT Department supervisor. Ms. Spires holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from G.J. College and is a member of the National Association for Professional Women (NAPW) as well as the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Ms. Spires has worked with such notable groups as Insignia ESG, CBRE, and Turner Broadcasting.

JIM CASWELLVice President of Leasing


Vice President of Leasing

Mr. Caswell is the Vice President of Leasing at Fairlead Commercial Real Estate. Mr. Caswell is an Atlanta native who is a highly accomplished commercial office broker that has been involved in leasing transactions totaling over $100 Million in gross volume and over one million square feet. Mr. Caswell is involved in the leasing and marketing of over one million square feet of class “A” multi-story office product in almost every Atlanta Sub-Market. Throughout the day, Mr. Caswell works closely with investors, business owners, asset managers, brokers and attorneys in an effort to lease the firm’s Atlanta portfolio.

Mr. Caswell has over seven years of commercial real estate experience leasing commercial projects in the Atlanta area. Jim’s relationships with the younger commercial brokerage community and his aggressive approach to leasing makes him the perfect fit for more challenging leasing projects. Previously, Mr. Caswell was the Leasing Director at PC Associates; an Atlanta based commercial real estate developer. Mr. Caswell was responsible for the leasing and marketing of over 1.3 million square feet of Class “A” multi-story office product. As the Leasing Director he represented joint-venture partners such as Northwestern Mutual, Met Life and American Realty Advisors. During his tenure at PC Associates, Mr. Caswell created tremendous value through his leasing efforts during the disposition process of over 1.4 million square feet of commercial office space, The transactions exceeded over $270 million dollars in gross value.

Jim attended the University of Mississippi and graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Liberal Arts, majoring in Psychology with a minor in General Business. He is an active member of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors (ACBR), Young Council of Realtors (YCR), National Association of Office & Industrial Properties (NAIOP) and The Shepherd Center’s “Shepherd’s Cup” Committee. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with friends and family, golfing, fishing, and volunteer activities.

JT ThorntonSenior Vice President of Development & Construction Management

JT Thornton

Senior Vice President of Development & Construction Management

JT Thornton serves as Senior Vice President of Development and Construction Management for Fairlead Commercial Real Estate. JT works with tenants throughout the Fairlead portfolio to coordinate build out, assisting with all phases including space planning, permitting, subcontractor selection, scheduling and punch out. JT’s vast knowledge of the construction industry makes him instrumental in communication with Tenants and the Fairlead team making sure projects are completed on time, under budget, and with Tenant and Landlord needs recognized.

JT offers over 29 years of construction and real estate development experience. Prior to joining Fairlead, he served as founder and Principal of Thornton & Associates, LLC where his areas of responsibility included all aspects of the investment process, from site selection and asset acquisition, construction management, financing, lease-up and disposition. He started his career in 1986 with a design build construction firm, The Haskell Company.

JT holds a degree in Building Construction from the University of North Florida and is a Licensed Florida Contractor.

Julian BoardmanSenior Construction Manager

Julian Boardman

Senior Construction Manager

Julian Boardman serves as Senior Construction Manager for Fairlead Commercial Real Estate. In this role Julian provides construction management for tenant improvement projects focusing on budgets, meeting deadlines, and tenant communication to ensure successful outcomes for every project. His combination of design and construction background gives him a unique ability to review tenant plans for overall cost, design flow, tenant allowance application and efficient use of space benefiting both the landlord and the tenant. Julian’s depth of experience also allows him to assist Fairleads various leasing teams in the execution of leases by aiding in defining a scope of work that meets the financial goals of both the owner and prospective tenant.

Julian began his career in general commercial contracting. In his time as a construction manager he has performed various duties such as inspections, quality control, and management of projects ranging from $5 to $50 Million. Prior to joining Fairlead, Julian was responsible for overseeing the construction management department of Insignia ESG (CBRE) which consisted of $20 million of annual tenant improvement work across 16 Million square feet of office space.

Mr. Boardman has resided in Atlanta for more than 20 years. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Clemson University with a minor in project management. He recently earned the Design of Excellence Award from the mayor of Atlanta for his work on a project for the Atlanta Development Authority.

Michelle HudginsCorporate Controller

Michelle Hudgins

Corporate Controller

Michelle Hudgins has come on board to assume the senior role of Corporate Controller for Fairlead Commercial Real Estate out of the Atlanta office. Michelle manages the daily operations of the corporate accounting department for Fairlead which will include accounts payable, accounts receivable, treasury and budgeting and tax compliance. Additionally, her responsibilities encompass financial reporting and implementing and maintaining a system of internal controls ensuring the company assets are safeguarded and in compliance with accounting and regulatory guidelines.

With over 15 years of experience in accounting, Michelle holds a CPA license in the state of Georgia and spent many years in public accounting. Prior to joining Fairlead, Michelle spent several years as a Fund Controller for Morgan Stanley/State Street where she oversaw fund and investor reporting for 2 international real estate funds.

Michelle completed her undergraduate degree at Mercer University in Macon. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA). Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and son, attends Peachtree Road United Methodist Church and takes any opportunity to be active outdoors.

Tommy SpinosaDirector of Acquisitions

Tommy Spinosa

Director of Acquisitions

Tommy Spinosa is the Director of Acquisitions of Fairlead Commercial Real Estate. Mr. Spinosa is responsible for originating, structuring and executing real estate investments on behalf of Fairlead CRE and its fund investors, focusing on acquisitions in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Mr. Spinosa began his career in Real Estate in 2003 at Northmarq Capital, a real estate investment banking firm located in Atlanta, Georgia. During his time at Northmarq, Mr. Spinosa procured debt and equity loans for third-party borrowers aggregating $425 million in over 40 transactions.

Mr. Spinosa spent five years as Senior Asset Manager for JTS Realty Services, a full service development and management company based out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. During his tenure, Mr. Spinosa was responsible for a diversified portfolio consisting of 1.5 Million square feet of office, retail and multifamily properties valued at over $550M. His responsibilities included institutional reporting, capital procurement, lease negotiations, budget preparation, and daily involvement with property operations and monthly asset performance review with onsite managers.

Prior to joining Fairlead, Mr. Spinosa was the managing director for Crescent Investment Group, an Atlanta based private equity firm focusing on the acquisition of institutional quality real estate in the Southeast. While serving in this capacity, Mr. Spinosa successfully completed $352,000,000 in transactions with numerous institutional fund partners and was responsible for the business plan execution of the firms direct real estate investments.

Mr. Spinosa received his BS in Real Estate from the University of Georgia.

DARRLYN LADSONVice President Property Management


Vice President Property Management

Darrlyn Ladson, VP Property Management Group, Property Manager

Ms. Ladson is currently Vice President of the Property Management Group for Fairlead and oversees the daily operations of eight (8) of Fairlead’s Suburban properties including Parkway Center. She has over 15 years of real estate experience which she utilizes in managing her portfolio which consists of a variety of building types such as Class A, Office/Flex Warehouse and Retail Shopping Centers totaling 834,143 square feet. Her responsibilities include managing all aspects of property management including but not limited to: annual budgeting, monthly financial reporting and analysis, securing and evaluating the performance of vendor service contracts, auditing operating expenses, compilation of annual OPEX/CAM reconciliations, tenant improvements, building improvements and construction management. Ms. Ladson is highly focused on personal tenant relationships and communications. She works very closely with her APMs and engineering teams assigned to her properties to assure that each building is operating successfully.

During her career, Ms. Ladson has worked for several major real estate firms such as Wells Real Estate and Carter & Associates. She has also work for national and international corporations such as McDonald’s where she was an Administrative Manager for the Southeast Regional Office which provided support for over 400 restaurants.

Ms. Ladson holds a Bachelors Degree in Administration from Valdosta State University. She is an active member of Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and served as Logistics Chairman for the 2007 BOMA Trade Show. She is currently working towards receiving her RPA designation.

JENNIFER MINECKSenior Vice President Asset Management


Senior Vice President Asset Management

Jennifer Mineck is a Senior Vice President of Asset Management for Fairlead Commercial Real Estate. As an advocate for Fairlead’s Investors, Ms. Mineck is responsible for making certain that each property team follow an asset-appropriate strategic plan to maximize income and long term value. She acts as the information source for investors and lenders, producing monthly, quarterly and annual financial reporting for the portfolio. Ms. Mineck oversees loan and investor compliance, lease negotiations and approvals, operating budgets, strategic capital planning and investor distribution.

As part of the asset management of Fairlead’s current portfolio, Jennifer is closely involved with Fairlead’s acquisitions and dispositions.

Ms. Mineck has over fourteen years of commercial real estate experience. Prior to joining Fairlead, she served as the Senior Vice President of Property Management at Jackson Oats Shaw Corporate Real Estate. As the direct Property Manager for over 1.3 million square feet of the firm’s portfolio in Atlanta and Maryland, she managed the daily operations of each asset and worked closely with the portfolio’s largest investor, General Electric. As Jackson Oats Shaw’s Senior Vice President of Property Management, Ms. Mineck also supervised a team of property managers and building engineers for the firm’s 43 building portfolio in excess of 3 million square feet.

Ms. Mineck also served as Assistant General Manager with Jones Lang LaSalle. This assignment included the management of Sanctuary Park, a JP Morgan owned asset in North Atlanta with such esteemed tenants as Wendy’s Corporate, A.C. Nielsen, Colonial Pipeline and Coors Brewing Company.

Ms. Mineck holds a Bachelor of Science, Pre-Law Degree from Culver-Stockton College.

Alex MalskyConstruction Administrator

Alex Malsky

Construction Administrator

Alex Malsky has joined Fairlead as Construction Administrator in Fairlead’s Florida office. Alex will support the construction management team in a multitude of initiatives including project tracking, scheduling and cost analysis.

Alex brings a diverse background of knowledge and experience as an operation / support executive to the Fairlead Team. Having spent the previous 19 years of his career in the airport retail industry where he oversaw the construction phase of stores within airports from coast to coast. Previously, Alex spent a number of years in department stores and big-box retail operations.

Alex, a Jacksonville native, holds a business degree in transportation and logistics from the University of North Florida. Alex enjoys serving the community, most recently with Feeding the Homeless Project, Inc. in Atlanta and serving within his church. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Interfaith Airport Chapel at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

JIMMY JACKSONBuilding Engineer


Building Engineer

Mr. Jackson serves as Building Engineer for a multiple properties within the Fairlead portfolio. He provides day-to-day management and maintenance of all mechanical, electrical, plumbing and life safety systems for the properties. He interfaces with tenants to resolve any maintenance related requests and coordinates with tenants to reduce the impact of any building maintenance repairs.

Mr. Jackson holds Siemen’s Trane and Georgia Power Energy Solution certification and is certified on Type I and Type III HVAC systems.

Florence BarbourGeneral Manager

Florence Barbour

General Manager

With more than 35 years of property management experience, Florence serves as General Manager of Embassy Row, Fairleads 551,515 sf portfolio located in Atlanta, Georgia. Before joining Fairlead she acted as General Manager for Winthrop Management, CarrAmerica Realty, and Parthenon Realty within their Atlanta office portfolio. She has also spent years in the Dallas, Memphis and Tampa markets throughout her career as a Senior Property Manager with a large portfolio of office properties while working with Trammell Crow Company and Weston Companies. Her expertise in tenant relations, tenant construction and overseeing base building construction make her a valuable asset to the Fairlead team.

Florence has been an active BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association) member and served as 1994 President-Elect for the BOMA Greater Tampa Bay and 2008 President for the BOMA Georgia organization while also serving on committees on the Regional and International BOMA levels. Florence was awarded the Atlanta association’s “Manager of the Year” award in 2006 and the “Huey Award” (a lifetime achievement award) in 2011. She is also active in other industry associations such as CREW (Commercial Real Estate for Women), IREM (Institute of Real Estate Management) and ACBR (Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors).

Florence holds the distinguished industry designations of RPA and CPM. She also has a Georgia Real Estate License and a Florida Real Estate License.

Stewart ThrashLeasing Associate

Stewart Thrash

Leasing Associate

Mr. Stewart Thrash is a Leasing Associate at Fairlead Commercial Real Estate. Mr. Thrash is involved in the leasing and marketing of over one million square feet of class “A” multi-story office product in almost every Atlanta Sub-Market. Throughout the day, Mr. Thrash works closely with investors, business owners, asset managers, brokers and attorneys to help facilitate the leasing efforts for the firm’s Atlanta portfolio.

Mr. Thrash is an Atlanta native and a graduate of George Walton Comprehensive High School. Stewart attended Birmingham-Southern College and graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree, majoring in Business Administration.

Member of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors (ACBR) and Young Council of Realtors (YCR).

Brittany White Junior Accountant

Brittany White

Junior Accountant

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Marie SmithSr. Executive Assistant

Marie Smith

Sr. Executive Assistant

Ms. Smith joined Fairlead Commercial Real Estate as Senior Executive Assistant to the CEO. Ms. Smith brings over 20 years of commercial real estate experience to the position. Ms. Smith is responsible for administrative support to the CEO and works with the Atlanta leasing team assisting in marketing, deal tracking, and reporting.

Ms. Smith joined Fairlead Commercial Real Estate as Senior Executive Assistant. Ms. Smith brings over 20 years of commercial real estate experience to the position. Ms. Smith is responsible for administrative support to the CEO and works with the Atlanta leasing team providing marketing, deal tracking, and reporting support.

Prior to joining Fairlead, Ms. Smith worked with a local retail developer supporting all office functions including leasing, management, and opportunity identification. During her career, Ms. Smith has supported landlord representatives, tenant representatives, asset management, development, acquisitions and dispositions, working for such notable companies of Cresa Partners, CBRE, The Shopping Center Group and Prentiss Properties.

Stephen FloresSenior Building Engineer

Stephen Flores

Senior Building Engineer

Mr. Stephen Flores serves as the Senior Building Engineer for Fairlead’s assets in Jacksonville, Florida. With over 17 years of commercial real estate operations experience, Mr. Flores delivers quality management and oversight of all aspects of building system operations and maintenance for this three-building, multi-tenant Jacksonville portfolio. He works in symphony with the property managers to minimize expenses and maximize profitability by competitively bidding service contracts and completing proactive quality checks on all building systems.

Mr. Flores has successfully developed extraordinary rapport with this asset’s vendors, contractor and tenants. These important relationships assist in his ability to negotiate contracts, as well as increase tenant satisfaction.

A proud Veteran of the United States Navy, Mr. Flores’ education includes instruction in design, operation, and maintenance of commercial building systems, facilities planning and project management as well as environmental health and safety regulations

Dean PattersonSenior Vice President

Dean Patterson

Senior Vice President

Dean Patterson serves as Senior Vice President of Asset Management for Fairlead Commercial Real Estate. As an advocate for Fairlead’s Investors, Mr. Patterson is responsible for making certain that each properties team follow an asset-appropriate strategic plan to maximize income and long term value. Dean acts as the information source for investors and lenders, producing monthly, quarterly and annual financial reporting for their portfolio. Mr. Patterson oversees loan and investor compliance, lease negotiations and approvals, operating budgets, and strategic capital planning. As part of the asset management team of Fairlead’s current portfolio, Dean is closely involved with Fairlead’s acquisitions and dispositions.

Mr. Patterson has been in the commercial real estate industry since 1988 in a wide variety of roles, including investment sales, non-performing loan workouts and REO property dispositions, debt underwriting, acquisitions and asset management. Prior to joining Fairlead, Mr. Patterson spent ten years as Senior Vice President with TIER REIT. Dean worked closely with JV partners on investment and personnel decisions over a 2.7M SF office portfolio located throughout the southeast and Washington, DC. During his 28 year real estate career, Mr. Patterson has held positions with regional and national real estate firms including Prudential, J.P. Morgan, MBL Life Assurance Corporation, Prentiss Properties and CB Commercial.

Mr. Patterson received a Bachelor’s degree from Tulane University in 1984 and a MBA from Tulane in 1987. He is a licensed real estate salesperson in the state of Georgia and serves as a Member of and Treasurer for the Fulton and Dekalb Community Improvement Districts, respectively.

Tina SuiFinancial Analyst

Tina Sui

Financial Analyst

Ms. Tina Sui assists Fairlead’s Chief Investment Officer in all phases of the acquisition and investment sale processes. During a Fairlead acquisition, Ms. Sui is responsible for the preparation of accurate cash flow forecasts and concise calculations of investment returns using the latest in ARGUS modeling. She completes on-going modeling modifications, assists in due diligence efforts for both acquisitions and investment sales and performs in depth market analysis for all Fairlead transactions. Ms. Sui also assists our corporate accounting division in the preparation and tracking of invoicing and receivables.

Born and raised in Beijing, China, Ms. Sui is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese. With a background in transaction trend analysis in New York City’s commercial market, she works closely with the acquisitions team to identify and analyze ideal real estate investments for Fairlead’s Hong Kong-based Mandalay-FCRE, a multi-million dollar investment fund that identifies and acquires heavy return, minimal risk assets throughout the United States.

Tina Sui holds a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from Clemson University and a B.A. in Insurance and Risk Management from Shanxi University of Finance and Economics.

JENNIFER LASSITERAssociate – Asset Management Group


Associate – Asset Management Group

Ms. Lassiter serves Fairlead Commercial Real Estate as an Associate within the Asset Management Group, assisting with the firm’s acquisition, refinance, and disposition due diligence, marketing and administration. Ms. Lassiter’s responsibilities include daily contact with a diverse group of tenants, investors, owners, and agents. Ms. Lassiter works with the firm’s property management team in the preparation of monthly financial reporting and annual operating expense budgeting. In her various roles, Ms. Lassiter oversees the firm’s research initiatives and lends administrative support to the firms Leasing team on special projects and has been instrumental in preparing and distributing leasing materials and tracking all related correspondence. Ms. Lassiter also serves as office manager for the firm, maintaining databases, coordinating meetings, and organizing company related functions and charity events.

During her career, Ms. Lassiter has assisted in over 31 acquisitions, assisting in the process from strategic selection of the property to the seamless transition to new management. Ms. Lassiter has also assisted in over 30 disposition efforts, creating marketing material, cataloging agreements, and executing transition. Ms. Lassiter has been a member of the real Estate community for 10 years and holds an English Degree from State University of West Georgia.

Melissa CronkProperty Manager | Westshore 500 & Sabal VI – Tampa, Florida

Melissa Cronk

Property Manager | Westshore 500 & Sabal VI – Tampa, Florida

Melissa Cronk is a Property Manager with Fairlead’s Florida team. Located in Tampa, Melissa oversees 2 properties totaling 227,000 square feet. With over 12 years property management experience, Ms. Cronk uses her extensive experience working for such organizations as Crescent Resources, Jeffery Management, and Jones Lang LaSalle to assist ownership and tenants in cultivating a successful relationship.

Ms. Cronk works daily with tenants on their individual needs, coordinates tenant build outs, and meets with vendors to ensure top level service. Additionally, Melissa works with ownership on monthly reporting, accounting, and lease review. Having worked at all levels of property management during her tenure, Melissa is able to proactively and positively impact tenant satisfaction and ownership expectations.

Melissa has been a licensed Florida Real Estate Salesperson since 2001, was a member of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Council and is a current member of BOMA Tampa Bay. She enjoys the beautiful Florida beaches, fishing, riding her motorcycle, volunteering and spending time with her pups/felines, family & friends.

Born in Saint Petersburg, Florida, Ms. Cronk studied Psychology and Travel and Tourism Planning at the University of Florida in Gainesville and graduated from the University of South Florida in May 2003 with a B.S. in Communications.

Hiawatha Fisher Building Engineer

Hiawatha Fisher

Building Engineer

Hiawatha Fisher serves as a Building Engineer for Parkway Center, a 460,000 square foot Class A commercial office property in Marietta, GA. Mr. Fisher is responsible for overseeing daily building systems operations at the property, responding to tenant service requests and interacting with vendors for service to the property.

Prior to joining Fairlead, Mr. Fisher was a building engineer for Jones Lang LaSalle at Parkway Center. Hiawatha has 25 years of experience in a commercial property setting and is proficient in HVAC operations, electrical systems, plumbing, fire/life safety equipment, and energy management systems. Mr. Fisher prides himself on his strong customer service skills that strengthen both tenant and vendor relationships.

Chuck TorresProperty Manager

Chuck Torres

Property Manager

Mr. Charles (Chuck) Torres comes to Fairlead with twenty years of real estate experience as a property manager in Multi-Family Residential and Commercial Property Management.  He currently is the manager of Gran Park at the Avenues Office complex in Jacksonville, Florida overseeing three buildings with 241,277 square feet of office space. In this role, Chuck manages all aspects of lease management, building management and maintenance, tenant relations, build out procedures, budget control, office administration, and investor reporting.

Chuck is also a proud six year military veteran as a Petty Officer with the United States Navy.  His six years of service has earned him several service metals and letters of commendation as hallmarks of his honorable service.

Mr. Torres is a graduate of the University of Phoenix with a four year Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and currently holds a Certification in Multi-Family Management from the National Apartment Association.

Mr. Torres is a current member of the Florida chapter Building Owners and Management Association (BOMA), and has been nominated to serve as a member of the committee for Philanthropy.

Richard ChaneyBuilding Engineer

Richard Chaney

Building Engineer

Richard Chaney serves as Maintenance Technician for Parkway Center, a 460,000 square foot Class A commercial office property in Marietta, GA. Mr. Chaney is responsible for plumbing, electrical and general maintenance at the property, timely and efficient completion of preventive maintenance and inventory control of general supplies.

Prior to joining Fairlead, Mr. Chaney served as Maintenance Technician for Jones Lang LaSalle at Parkway Center. Richard’s many years of service to Parkway Center and his strong customer service skills ensures both tenant and vendor needs are continuously met in a timely manner.

Jackie CampbellProperty Manager

Jackie Campbell

Property Manager

With more than 20 years of property management experience, Jackie Campbell serves as Property Manager of Fairview Center One and Two located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Jackie works directly with tenants and building ownership to ensure tenant needs are met, monthly financial reporting is accurate and vendors work is done to the highest standard.

Before joining Fairlead, Jackie acted as Senior Property Manager for several well-known real estate firms including Lincoln Harris, Spectrum Properties, CBRE, and Trammell Crow Company. Throughout her experience in property management, Ms. Campbell has managed a variety of portfolios including a 30 story class A high rise office building in uptown Charlotte, tier two critical facilities for Bank of America, a 13 building business park, as well as various retail, industrial, and residential properties.

Ms. Campbell has been active in IREM (Institute of Real Estate Management) for over 11 years and serves as Account Executive for IREM Western North Carolina Chapter 40. She was awarded the Chapter’s Presidential Award in 2009, 2012 and again in 2015.

Ms. Campbell holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and holds her North Carolina Real Estate License. She is very active in the community and frequently volunteers for Thompson’s Children Home, Classroom Central, and Urban Ministries.

Kyle BradyAssistant Property Manager

Kyle Brady

Assistant Property Manager

Mr. Brady serves as Assistant Property Manager for all of the firm’s properties, with supportive oversight for operations, building systems, equipment and maintenance logistics. His responsibilities include creating and monitoring annual budgets to maximize income and control building expenses. Mr. Brady works closely with the firm’s Senior Vice President of Property Management assisting in the preparation of monthly financial reports and annual operating expense budgets. Mr. Brady plays an integral role in coordinating new tenant suite construction and managing the relocation process for incoming tenants.

Mr. Brady holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Real Estate from Georgia State University

Derek BrooksSenior Building Engineer

Derek Brooks

Senior Building Engineer

Derek Brooks serves as Senior Building Engineer for Fairview Center One and Two in Charlotte, North Carolina. He brings over 20 years of experience in engineering commercial office buildings to the Fairlead team. Fairview Center One is a 7 story office building built in 1984. Fairview Center Two is a 4 story office building built in 1968. Both buildings are located in the South Park area of Charlotte North Carolina.

Mr. Brooks is responsible for overseeing building operations, control systems and tenant requests. Mr. Brooks has developed great relationships with Fairview Center’s vendors, contractors and tenants resulting in effective building management and tenant relations.

Prior to joining Fairlead, Mr. Brooks, worked for JLL and CBRE as Chief Engineer where he maintained multiple office buildings and data centers. Mr. Brooks is a 10-year active duty veteran of the US Air Force and is involved with the Disabled American Veterans organization and a Supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project.

Phil TomesBuilding Engineer

Phil Tomes

Building Engineer

Mr. Tomes serves as a Building Engineer for Embassy Row in Atlanta, Ga. His responsibilities include providing daily monitoring of the property electrical, mechanical, plumbing, carpentry, and tenant related issues.

Mr. Tomes interacts daily with his team as well as tenants and vendors to create a high level of professional and customer service. Mr. Tomes brings 30 years of experience in the fields of electrical, engineering, and construction to the building ensuring tenant satisfaction.

Mr. Tomes holds an unrestricted electrical contractor license, a universal refrigeration license, Cisco Certificate from Lanier Technology College, and a NIULPE Fourth Class License

Pamela BrownProperty Manager

Pamela Brown

Property Manager

Pamela Brown serves as Property Manager for Embassy Row, a 551,515, Class B Office Park in Atlanta’s Central Perimeter submarket. Pam is responsible for the day to day administrative aspects of Embassy Row’s property management including accounts payable, accounts receivable, contract management and lease administration. Ms. Brown also assists property management with responding to tenant needs, coordinating engineers within the buildings and hosting events.

Prior to joining Fairlead, Pam was Property Manager for Winthrop Management and Assistant Property Manager for Parthenon Realty, both in the Atlanta Area.

Brandis Johnson

Brandis Johnson

Brandis Johnson serves as Tenant Services Coordinator at Fairlead’s corporate office in Atlanta. This important role has her as Fairlead’s front door ambassador to our tenants and clients. Brandis handles the complicated logistics of handling tenants needs, processing work orders, as well as assisting with accounting, office management, and property management.

Brandis attended Georgia State University and has interned at Walt Disney World focusing on guest relations and as a direct sales and marketing representative at Comcast.

Moises RodriguezBuilding Engineer

Moises Rodriguez

Building Engineer

Moises Rodriguez serves as building engineer for Fairlead’s Fifth Third Center in Tampa, Florida. Along with day to day building daily, he is responsible for maintaining numerous maintenance requests and works directly with tenants specific needs for HVAC, plumbing, electrical, lighting, fire control, and life and safety equipment.

Mr. Rodriguez is a native from Cuba and has worked his way up in the facilities management field starting in the industry in 2004. Mr. Rodriguez is an EPA certified Universal Technician and is certified in the safe handling of R-410A.

Rick PomalesBuilding Engineer

Rick Pomales

Building Engineer

Mr. Polames serves as a Building Engineer for Fairlead’s Westshore asset in Tampa, Florida. Mr. Polames directly deals with day to day issues including HVAC, electrical, plumbing, fire control, and life safety equipment. He is responsible for maintaining numerous maintenance requests and works directly with tenant specific requests.

Mr. Polames began his career as a building engineer in the early 1990’s and has been an EPA certified Universal Technician since October, 2010. He was awarded recognition as a key player with B.O.M.A for Building of the year.

Larry Boyd Building Engineer

Larry Boyd

Building Engineer

Mr. Larry A. Boyd serves as Building Engineer for Fairlead’s Sabal VI asset in Tampa, Florida. He provides daily monitoring of the property’s mechanical, plumbing, electrical and life safety systems. He interacts with tenants and property managers to insure the best overall building maintenance.

Prior to Sabal VI, Mr. Larry A. Boyd served as the Building Engineer for another Fairlead asset, Fifth Third Center, a 281,187 square foot, high-rise office building in Tampa, Florida for over 14 years. With greater than 35 years in facilities experience he is an EPA certified Universal Technician and is trained in water and waste management.

Rachel Kwong

Asset Management

Rachel Kwong is responsible for assisting with underwriting and evaluating investment opportunities at Fairlead. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Kwong was an analyst at the External Portfolio Management team in Canada Pension Plan Investment Board evaluating investment opportunities across South East Asia.

Ms. Kwong graduated from Queen Mary University of London with a Bachelors of Science degree (honors) and from London School of Business and Finance with a Masters of Science degree. Fluent in Chinese, English, and Japanese, Ms. Kwong is based in Fairlead’s Hong Kong office.

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